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Orlando City 1 Chicago Fire 1: Hosts held as Nocerino makes MLS bow

Orlando City played out a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man Chicago Fire as star recruit Antonio Nocerino made his debut in MLS on Friday.

Nocerino sat out Orlando’s opening match of the season last week, introduced to the crowd at half-time following his arrival from Italian giants AC Milan.

But the 30-year-old was in the starting line-up against the Fire at Orlando Citrus Bowl, playing a little over an hour.

And Nocerino was in the thick of the action during a thrilling first half, which featured two goals and a red card, in Florida.

Cyle Larin opened the scoring after just four minutes, starring in the absence of injured Brazil international Kaka.

Larin, who netted in Orlando’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake, received the ball on the edge of the penalty area and fired past goalkeeper Matt Lampson, after his initial shot was blocked.

Chicago were back on level terms just 10 minutes later, when speedster David Accam chased down a long ball and Sebastian Hines, leaving the defender in his wake before curling the ball beyond Joseph Bendik.

The Fire, however, were dealt a blow after Michael Harrington was sent off in the 32nd minute for a high boot.

But Orlando City were unable to make the most of their numerical advantage in the second half, though Larin did go close, having struck the post with 12 minutes remaining.

Sat 12 Mar, 2016
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